Asian Tiger Mosquito, Susan Ellis, Bugwood.org
This year the United States has seen a large increase in West Nile Virus cases, especially in Texas. It is so bad that the Dallas, TX, mayor recently declared the area in a "state of emergency" over the virus, prompting the approval of aerial spraying for mosquitoes. This epidemic, as the CDC is calling it, has been spurred from the increased number of reported cases of West Nile Virus over the summer season.
The Center for Disease Control, CDC, website stated, "The 693 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the second week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999."
West Nile Virus is a virus spread by mosquitoes that can cause encephalitis, or swelling of the brain and spinal cord. It is estimated that 1 in 150 persons infested with the West Nile virus will develop a severe form of the disease, this rate is higher for elderly, very young people, or those with weak immune systems infected with the virus.
In Georgia positive testings of West Nile Virus in mosquitoes have been reported out of Lowndes and Fulton Counties, as well as other areas of the state. American Pest Control, of Athens, GA urges its clients to take proper precautions to help prevent the possibly of West Nile Disease by following these mosquito reduction tips:
- Removing standing water from around your home.
- Keeping gutters clear of debris to prevent water build-up.
- Keeping containers that collect water turned over to prevent collecting water.
- Monitor water sources and potential leaks.
- Keeping grass and shrubbery trimmed.
- Wear insect repellent with DEET when going outside, especially in the early evening.
It takes a very small amount of stagnant water for mosquitoes to reproduce, so it is important to keep an eye out for areas that can collect water. If possible it is best to establish a mosquito reduction program with a professional pest control company.
Watch the video below to learn more ways to reduce mosquitoes around your home.